Bah, life gets in the way sometimes. >_> So much catching up to do around here.
In my spare time though, late nights before I sleep, I have been taking in the above-mentioned Evangelion. I also only have (and plan to stick to) the original 26 episode TV series. The new iteration of movies they're doing are both just a cash cow and a re-telling for a 'modern' audience who may not be into all that psycho-analysis that the original series puts forth.
Said analysis, however, is EXACTLY what made NGE TV the series that no one could stop talking about back in the mid/late 1990s.
All this is beside the fact that it was also for me, the first anime series I picked up in my transition from VHS to DVD formats. As such, it does hold that place in me.
KareKano (His & Her Circumstances) seems to do the same to an extent, though with a different setting, story, and characters, and exploring different aspects of life (especially romance and relationships with family and friends that surround us) that we struggle with, starting in our highschool years. It also does a nice job of exploring how (most?) people take on one persona in one facet of their life....usually their public life, while their 'normal' persona is something completely opposite. It's a bit more realistic than NGE in these respects (no bio-mechas, no post-apocalyptic setting), but both anime take a deep look into the human psyche and all its quirks.
GAINAX was always running into financial difficulties throughout the 1990s, partly because of the high expense of anime production back then, and because Anno himself (who's basically the 'president/CEO' of the studio) was in financial ruin at the time with his clinical depression bout in the early '90s (which also served as the template for the NGE storyline to boot). Not until computer colorizing/ink/tweening techniques became the accepted means of doing animation work, do they seem to be more financially sound. I'm sure the NGE movies are helping out as well. They're a cash cow, no doubt, but in doing their job of bringing a new generation into the world and characters of NGE, those new fans may also go back and look at the more psychological explorations the original TV series and movies/specials of the mid/late 1990s put forth.
(I personally haven't seen the movie re-tellings yet.....someday maybe.)
One of the big reasons I stick with anime to this day is because it 'is' an artform, despite a lot of the cash cows and fluff (and yes, even some downright creepy things in there), if you dig deep enough, there's that gem of a series that has things balanced, or it's something that's one-of-a-kind that no one will dare to attempt ever again. NGE falls into that camp as do some others.